Stage 5: Students as World Changers

Big Questions, Big Solutions

How do we empower students to handle complexity -- and change the world? This question has always been at the heart of our work. And we continue to develop and refine resources that show us the way. In the craziness of the last week (I did three days of trainings in Australia, then a workshop… Continue reading Big Questions, Big Solutions

Stage 3: Conceptual Understanding

TBT: Transform your classroom in 8 words or less!

Once you have a beautifully written statement of conceptual relationships, or even if you don't(!), you can still be a concept-based teacher if you follow this simple advice:  Much like Optimus Prime transforms himself from a semi-truck to an all-powerful robot leader, you can transform your curriculum from a pile of information into powerful insights… Continue reading TBT: Transform your classroom in 8 words or less!

Stage 3: Conceptual Understanding

What does a concept-based classroom look like?

The most important point to remember for a concept-based classroom is that the students come up with the generalization of conceptual understanding! That is why Guiding Questions are so important. A key component of unit planning is writing factual, conceptual and provocative questions that correspond to the generalization and lead students to discover it. You… Continue reading What does a concept-based classroom look like?